Do’s And Dont’s When Printing On Apparel

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If you are a beginner when it comes to printing on garments, you definitely need guidance. It is difficult to become an expert by just working on one piece of clothing! Transferring an image or design on to a material is not rocket science, but you will have an advantage if you know what exactly you should do and not do. Using this guide you will be able to perfect your order and in return have happy customers.

Seams, zips and pockets

The clothing that you will use to transfer the screen on must be flat surface. The reason behind is that it gives the perfect print when the material is flat and consistent. As there is a gap when printing on zips, pockets and seams as these are the thicker areas of your clothing, which is not consistent. The ink will not reach the gap and therefore, the printing will look incomplete and cheap. You should always communicate this to the client so that you will not be responsible if the client still wants you to make customised t shirts Sydney

Ribbed fabrics

Ribbed fabrics will expand out to fit the individual wearing it. Due to the uneven bumps on the garment, the ink will only be pressed on top of the bumps. When clothing article is worn and it stretches out a gap between the bumps have not been printed on. Using extra pressure, you might be successful to cover the gaps up however; the quality of the print might not be as of the rest of the fabric.

Jumbo designs

There are certain types of shirts that don’t go together with jumbo patterns such as girls t-shirts, V-neck tops and tank tops. The way in which the tops are designed are different compared to regular tops.

Which fabrics should not be used?

Some materials such as bumped, canvas, polos and burnout shirts should not be used because the detail of the image will not be of high quality unlike regular printed t shirts as the surface of the material is not smooth. Go here  for more information about custom design t shirt printing. 


Many of the clothing brands takes the manufacturers tags and replaces it with their own. Producers of clothes are well aware of this, which is why they make sure that the tag can be removed easily. Try and avoid using American apparel, anvil, fleece and tultex branded garments because just in case your client wants you to remove the tag you might find it a bit difficult to do so.
Keeps these little tips in mind to be a successful customised garment maker!